County officials wrestle with home use of cargo containers

PRESCOTT- At a joint meeting of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors and Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday, officials tried to work out regulations that would allow county homeowners to keep cargo containers-and possibly add more-on their property.

The containers, large steel boxes used to transport freight intermodally, that is, between ships, railroad trains and then trucks, typically come in two sizes: 8 feet by 20 feet and 8 feet by 40 feet.

The smaller size is the only container permitted at this time, and only one may be placed, provided the homeowner meets certain criteria, including a lot size at least two acres and that it be painted to match the primary structure or an earth tone.

The container-as-storage-unit concept was approved as a kind of trial in Yavapai County in 2004.

Because the staff of the county's Development Services department has been